Newsletter 181 – December 2012


Number 181 – December 2012 – ISSN 1470-1863

Arts, Culture, and Technology as seen from
the digital hub of media city, Manchester UK

Season’s Greetings – to all our readers!


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and best selling of our new PDF books.
It’s also available in ePub format.

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Mantex Newsletter December 2012 Improve your Writing Skills

PDF files can be read in a web browser – but why
not take advantage of the F.R.E.E Adobe Reader.

This will allow you to add comments and make
‘sticky notes’. It also has a ‘Read Out Loud’ feature.

Mantex Newsletter December 2012 Adobe PDF Reader

0— Pub Quiz – Question #01

In which year did Hilary and Tenzing climb Everest?

0— WRITING IN THE CLOUD – f.r.e.e stuff

Cloud computing offers you the chance to
save your work on somebody else’s remote
servers. You can then access your work from
any location.

It saves carrying your work around on a memory
stick, and you can get to your files whilst on
the move, via your iPhone, iPad, or whatever.

I looked at the big four companies who provide
f.r.e.e storage – Google Drive, Skydrive,,
and Dropbox.

Some give you more storage space, but less control;
others are clearly out to ‘convert’ you to a paying

In the end I chose Dropbox – because they provide
a simple, trouble-free interface, with no tricks.

On top of that your files are backed up automatically.

Mantex Newsletter December 2012

0— Pub Quiz – Question #02

What does a red fire extinguisher contain?

0— GRAPHIC DESIGN – artist unearthed

Karl Waldmann is a virtually unknown master
of constructivist and surrealist collage.

He worked in photomontage, using a style similar
the Max Ernst and Kurt Schwitters.

There is so little known about him that I began
to suspect a hoax. But there’s an online museum
dedicated to his work which contains 1000+ images.

Mantex Newsletter December 2012 Karl Waldmann museum

Here’s a video presentation of his work as a sample:

Mantex Newsletter Karl Waldmann – video

I found this at the regularly entertaining
web site ‘Strange Flowers’ which features
bohemians and eccentrics of all kinds.

Mantex Newsletter Strange Flowers

0— Pub Quiz – Question #03

How many balls start a game of snooker?


AbeBooks has a selection of vintage books
with an appeal to cat and dog lovers.

These range from Victorian fiction to
(relatively) modern manuals such as
‘The Bull Terrier and All About it’.

If you want the apparently classic tome
‘A Gay Dog’ (featuring a bulldog who dresses
up in women’s clothes) it will cost you £150.

Mantex Newsletter Collectable Cat and Dog Books

0— Pub Quiz – Question #04

What type of flower is the source of vanilla?


Many people erroneously believe that slang is
some sort of forbidden or illegal language.

In fact all groups is society have their own
forms of slang. This quasi-academic explains
how sub-groups create their own language, which
then becomes incorporated into everyday speech.

Mantex Newsletter Slang: The People’s Poetry

0— Pub Quiz – Question #05

How much milk does it take to make a pound of cheese?

0— NIGHTWOOD – a novel of the 1930s

This was considered quite scandalous when it
first appeared. But it was given a boost by
T.S.Eliot, and has remained in print ever since.

The scandal was created by subject matter that
centred on a l.e.s.b.i.a.n love affair –
though it will seem quite tame to readers today.

The style is much more radical than the content,
It’s a story that flits from one character to
another without any connecting explanations.

Mantex Newsletter Nightwood

0— Pub Quiz – Question #06

What year was the Union of Britain and Ireland?


Definitely – Not Safe for Work!

Just in case you missed it first time round,
this is a young guy offering a remarkably
accurate account of regional UK and foreign
accents, speaking English.

It’s authentic, funny, and well performed.
But his language is not something that you
would want your maiden aunt to hear.

I like the very polite way he introduces it.

Mantex Newsletter English regional accents

0— Pub Quiz – Question #07

How many pounds are there in the slang term a ‘monkey’?


Just in case you’ve not had enough of
the work of Henry James, here are some
more study guides to his short stories

‘Lord Beaupre’ is the tale of a young man
who unexpectedly inherits great wealth and
a title. Suddenly (surprise, surprise)
middle-aged ladies want him to marry
their daughters. Poor chap!

Mantex Newsletter Lord Beaupre

‘Nona Vincent’ is a semi-ghost story which
concerns a playwright who has a ‘visitation’
from the leading lady he has created.

Mantex Newsletter Nona Vincent

‘Brooksmith’ is a social tragedy in which a
wealthy bachelor’s salon is kept going by his
butler. When the patron dies, there is nowhere
else for the butler to ply his talents.

Mantex Newsletter Brooksmith

‘Greville Fane’ is the story of a woman who writes
three books a year to keep her thankless children
in luxury. When she dies they simply marry for money.

Mantex Newsletter Greville Fane

0— Pub Quiz – Question #08

What does an orrery illustrate in model form?

0— HOW TO SUMMARIZE A BOOK – writing skills

This is a tutorial we created on demand for
a recent site visitor. It explains how to
make a summary of any book-length piece of work.

Reading, writing, and note-taking skills are
all required. But for advanced users, the guide
even explains how to summarise a book without
reading it completely.

Mantex Newsletter How to summarize a book

0— Pub Quiz – Question #09

Which two countries border on Uruguay?

0— OPEN ACCESS – the latest developments

Open Access is in the news again. This is the
argument that academic research – since it is
funded by taxpayer’s money – should be made
available to the public. This is the argument:

Mantex Newsletter Open Source Research

But many academic publishers make a lot of money
by their control of the market.

For the other side of the argument, have a look at
this article from a recent Guardian by Alexander Brown.

He puts the case for academic publishers, arguing
that their services ‘add value’ to the research.

Then make sure you read the article comments, where
practising researchers completely demolish his claims.
It’s clear thinking in action.

Mantex Newsletter Open Access – and publishing

0— Pub Quiz – Question #10

What are the main ingredients of kedgeree?

0— Pub quiz – ANSWERS

#1. In which year did Hilary and Tenzing climb Everest?
ANSWER: 1953

#2 What does a red fire extinguisher contain?

#3 How many balls start a game of snooker?

#4 What type of flower is the source of vanilla?
ANSWER: The orchid

#5 How much milk does it take to make a pound of cheese?
ANSWER: A gallon

#6 What year was the Union of Britain and Ireland?
ANSWER: 1801

#7 How many pounds are there in the slang term a ‘monkey’?

#8 What does an orrery illustrate in model form?
ANSWER: The solar system

#9 Which two countries border on Uruguay?
ANSWER: Brazil and Argentina

#10 What are the main ingredients of kedgeree?
ANSWER: Rice and fish

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